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Issue #1440      27 January 2010

Haiti:

The world calls for help, not for military presence

While the planet has been shaken by Haiti since the January 12 earthquake followed by powerful aftershocks, the international community has firmly rejected the American military presence in the Caribbean nation.

The French government told the UN that this is the time to help not to invade the country in reference to the US stance towards the Haitian situation. Even the European Union, as a regional block, has encouraged the UN to define a strategy for the distribution of the humanitarian aid reaching Haiti given the obstacles set by the US military to the landing of aircraft with aid in the Port-au-Prince airport.

Meanwhile, the rest of the world is in solidarity with the Caribbean nation, where the number of people found dead and buried amounts to 80,000, while the death toll is estimated to be 200,000 victims.

Cuba has sent hundreds of health personnel to Haiti.

A call to be sensitive and sensible is a must in the case of Haiti, in a moment when the government lacks both the resources and infrastructure to deal with the situation as most national emergency experts died during the earthquake and the country’s architecture was devastated.

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